Windward is an outstanding school. Both our daughter, who graduated a few years ago, and our son, who attends currently, have had great experiences at Windward. The faculty, good to begin with, has steadily improved over the years. The facilities are fantastic, especially with the recent addition of the state-of-the-art science and performing arts complex. The administration is attentive and responsive, the support staff excellent (including a three-person college counseling team), and the athletic program consistently first rate. I can't say enough about this school.
After more than 3 years I can say with certainty that Windward is academically disappointing. While a few teachers are outstanding, my child gets more than one dud every year. The school is particularly sub-par in terms of new hires: it doesn't seem to be able to pull in the best and brightest. BTW, AVERAGE academic class size for our student this year is 20. I don't like that it advertises 16:1 but my child has had classes of 24 or 25. Also, beware: many upper school sports teams don't have a JV - just because this school is small doesn't mean your child will get played on Varsity! On the upside: the school has a culture of "nice" -- it avoids a lot of Los Angeles private school social pressures. ps I am really trying to be honest in this review, not out to trash Windward.
Windward is awesome! Kids have a wonderful experience and parents enjoy a supportive, caring atmosphere from an excellent teaching staff. School spirit is amazing, Go Wildcats!!
This is the best school that I have seen so far. My kids are so happy here and have made many new friends. Although the school is not in the nicest area, it isn't in a completely bad area and has security guards just to make sure the kids are safe. and is a very nice school. This school has gorgeous facilities and is one of the best schools my child has been to.
After attending Windward for the past 5 years, I have realized what a mistake I made coming here. Despite what they say, you are just a number and some of the faculty is not up to par. While parents are impressed with the school, the kids for the most part are unhappy here.
I am now in my 8th year at Windward and each year I ve seen the school grow in its commitment to its core values, while working diligently to expand its understanding of the changing global world so that it can best provide the intellectual, social, and ethical support for its students. Windward s commitment to diversity in particular is tireless. The school is consistently growing in number to reflect the larger community (Los Angeles) in terms of socio-economics, religion, sexuality, and more. But what I find most appealing about Windward s view on diversity and what is evident in student interactions and student/faculty relationships is that it is one based in inclusion. The environment that is always being honed is one where everyone feels a part of the community.
By the end of this school year, our family will have been at Windward School for 14 years. Our experience has been great. Our three children who have gone on to college were academically well prepared by Windward. The school's strongest attribute is it's faculty. They are well educated, gifted teachers who are also supportive and caring towards their students. The school is not so large that kids get 'lost', but large enough to offer many varied activities for learning, sports, and the arts.
Windward students enjoy a strong academic program, great working relationships with faculty, and the freedom to pursue multiple interests. Participation in sports, the arts, clubs, and school events is widespread and enthusiastic. It has a wonderfully inclusive and fun-loving atmosphere!
Our family has been part of the Windward community for the last 10 years. It has been an excellent match for my two very different sons and a most welcoming and supportive group of parents, faculty and staff. It is an institution that strives for, and maintains the leading edge of academic excellence which is balanced by strong arts and athletic departments. It has been an experience which we have felt privileged to be a part of.
We have been fortunate enough to have all three children attend school at Windward. While they are all very different students, Windward accommodated each childs interests and potential. The communication between the students and teachers is amazing and as a parent I felt that the teachers are always receptive to dialogue. Regarding academics, my child who graduated last year was accepted at many top schools and is currently doing very well at a UC School. He felt he was very well prepared at Windward for the difficult college curriculum.
Windward School has been an excellent choice for my daughter. I honestly cannot praise it enough! It has the ideal mix of great academics , wonderful staff and faculty, excellent sports but most importantly, when you step on campus and see with your own eyes the smiles of the students and teachers, their warmth and approachability and general compassionate and gracious demeanor of all you will know that this is where your child belongs!!!
I would just like to point out this is a great school. But it isnt all what these parents are saying. Mostly it is an art school olny it isnt the best if you are not completly into arts. But it does have an athletic program but not the strongest in the city if you are looking for athletics.
Without question, the best school in Los Angeles. The faculty is the strongest in the city, the balance betweeen being a strong academic program and a nurturing environment is real and the athletics program is outstanding.
The quality of academic programs are outstanding. Music, art, sports and other extracurricular activies are available. Parents willingly volunteer at the school. The parents are very involved in their children's education and school activites.
Windward is a great school in that it provides a challanging academic college prep program that prepares students for college. They do and excellent job in the middle school in teaching study and research skills. What I like about the school is that the kids and parents are approachable and not to pretensis. Ths school promotes excellence not only in the classroom, but all aspects of school life including dance, music theater and sports. Their faculty are some of the best in the country and they have world class coaches(. Windward is also improving in the area of diversity of it's student population, but has a ways to go with it's faculty in this area.
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